News from around the Barbican

Fastastic Feats Circus 7th Sept

The City has commissioned a big street-based spectacular from French collective Générik Vapeur and flying trapeze specialists Gorilla Circus. It’s all about pollution, ocean plastics and humankind’s impact on the planet so it has a strong environmental message to convey, as well as being a fun-packed family show that’s sure to amaze and delight (plus it’s free). Thank You For Having Us 7 September, 8pm King street/Cheapside Junction EC2V 6DT Take a night-time walk exploring a plastic-filled artificial island. Formed by the currents of the North Pacific Ocean, this is the 8th continent, … [Read more...]

Illuminated River Boat Tour

Tickets are selling out. The Illuminated River project is best experienced from the Thames itself, so join an official guided boat tour and let the City of London Guides and experts from Historic England take you on a journey through time while sailing underneath these architectural, social and historical landmarks of London. Tours depart from Tower Pier from 29 August, find out more … [Read more...]

Fantastic Feats of Cinema

19 - 24 August Doors at 6pm, film starts at 8.45pm Cost: £15 (including a deckchair) - book online Location: Guildhall Yard Stretching the limits of architecture, engineering, science and invention, grab a deckchair and enjoy sci-fi and romcom classics as well as blockbusters old and new. Follow mankind into space, the past and the future, and return to dinosaur-inhabited Isla Nublar. Find out if architect Tom Hansen and robots WALL-E and EVE find love and if maths can save a young man’s future. Food and drink will be available. Films in the Yard Day Film Monday … [Read more...]

Save the dates for the Charterhouse

August Open Gardens 15th August 2019 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm The opportunities to visit our lovely gardens are rare, as they have been created especially as a peaceful haven for the residents who live in the almshouse here.  We are therefore delighted to announce that, due to very popular demand, we are opening them for a monthly series of Open Garden evenings.  Join us for a relaxed evening when you will be free to walk amongst the gardens on these non-guided events, with the opportunity to enjoy an informal BBQ and bar.  Discover this beautifully planted oasis  on our stunning seven acre … [Read more...]

Illuminated River Foundation Community Fund

Illuminated River Foundation has announced a Community Fund to support local groups in delivering publicly accessible activities that engage with the first phase of Illuminated River (London, Cannon St, Southwark and Millennium Bridges) and encourage more people to enjoy the Thames, its bridges and riverside surroundings at night. The announcement follows the July 17th illumination of four Thames bridges - London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – which were transformed with the launch of the first phase of the Illuminated River project. The 10-year artwork, by internationally … [Read more...]

HIX Oyster Celebration

Mark Hix invites you to join him and the team of HIX Oyster & Chop House to celebrate native season and the humble British oyster. To mark the occasion, we will be hosting a daytime celebration on Saturday 14th September serving British rock and native oysters for £1 paired to seasonal drinks. For the third year, Mark has teamed up with fellow oyster lovers and experts Robin Hancock (Wright Brothers) Pete Miles (Dorset Oysters) Nigel Bloxham (Crab House Cafe and Billy Winters) and Tom Haward (Richard Haward’s West Mersea Oysters) who will be serving their oysters whilst chatting to … [Read more...]

Opera in the City Festival

London’s new summer opera festival from 20th August - 7th September at Bridewell Theatre, City of London. Time Zone Theatre Ltd in association with the Bridewell Theatre presents OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL. Now in its third year, the festival creates a dynamic new hub for opera right in the heart of the City of London, presenting innovative productions which push the boundaries of classical music. Rarely performed pieces, new works and multi-disciplinary projects with a focus on international collaborations promise a unique season: including an opera with a touch of Jazz which sets … [Read more...]

The People’s Tower

15 - 21 July 2019 See below for timings and locations FREE Work alongside artist Olivier Grossetête to create a monumental cardboard structure inspired by the Guildhall. Over 1,000 boxes will be used to build this 20m high masterpiece and Olivier needs the public’s help to assemble the building blocks of this giant tower. Following a week of drop-in box building workshops, members of the public will be invited to help build the tower on the Saturday and then welcomed back to topple and destroy it on the Sunday. Come and take part in all, or some, of the fun. Box-building … [Read more...]

Fiesta de Mexico

26th – 28th July in Guildhall Yard This July, Fiesta de Mexico will bring the verve, sights, smells and flavours of Mexico’s rich and diverse culture to the heart of the City of London. Taking place over 26th – 28th July in Guildhall Yard, the square, decorated with colourful ‘papel picado’ bunting, will recreate one of Mexico’s famous fiestas, complete with authentic food, drink and produce stalls.  From Mariachi bands and Aztec dance performances to traditional artisan workshops and electrifying Lucha Libre shows, the live entertainment at Fiesta de Mexico will be like nothing ever seen … [Read more...]

City Beerfest

Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE 18 July Head to Guildhall Yard for an afternoon of beer, food, music and, hopefully, sunshine for this celebration of one of the world's oldest inventions. Raise a glass with friends, colleagues or clients and enjoy some of the best beers and ciders from 16 breweries, all in support of the Lord Mayor's Appeal. ORGANISED BY CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION AND THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BREWERS. THIS YEAR'S CITY BEERFEST IS PART OF THE CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION'S FANTASTIC FEATS: THE BUILDING OF LONDON PROGRAMME OF EVENTS. … [Read more...]